Customers have started receiving word yesterday from the Apple online store that they have started shipping orders for the iPad Mini with LTE connectivity. It was reported that orders are scheduled to arrive this Friday, November 16. In addition, both Black-and-Slate and White-and-Silver models are on the way.
Apple started informing their customers last week that their iPad Mini with LTE connectivity would ship within five business days. Prior to this, the device was initially advertised to start shipping in “a few weeks,” although a specific launch date was not given.
New iOS 6 Firmware and iPad Mini Heading to Users
The company also rolled out four new iOS 6.0.1 firmware downloads that will support the new iPad models. These include the GSM and CDMA versions of both the LTE iPad Mini and iPad 4.
Moreover, Apple’s online store quickly sold out its iPad Mini models when it first went on sale. During the launch weekend, the company’s most popular model was the 16 GB White and Silver model. On the other hand, the black-and-slate version was advertised to deliver last November 2.
Apple: Selling Millions of iPad Mini and iPad 4 Units
The 7-inch tablet’s Wi-Fi-only model was launched earlier this month to 34 countries, together with the fourth-generation iPad. These include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, UK, and the US.
Both devices were able to sell more than a combined 3 million units during its launch weekend. The company reported that their weekend sales doubled the 1.5 million Wi-Fi-only iPad 3 sold at launch earlier this year. As stated by Apple CEO Tim Cook:
Customers around the world love the new iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad. We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad Minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.
Industry pundits have big expectations for the iPad Mini, saying that the device could sell millions of units for the last quarter of 2012. Although some were looking forward to a price lower than $329, analysts from Wall Street believe that the 7-inch tablet will justify its price. That’s because the device features superior build quality, strong software, and a bevy of third-party applications available on the iOS App Store.
Apple’s iPad Mini sports a 7.9-inch display, as well as a thinner bezel that allows users to operate it with one hand. It weighs 0.68 pounds, which makes it 68 percent lighter than a regular iPad.